Wisconsin State Superintendent Amendment, Question 2 (1902)

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The Wisconsin State Superintendent Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the November 4, 1902 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was approved.

This amendment modified Article X, Section 1 of the Wisconsin Constitution to provide for a state superintendent under a nonpartisan 4-year term, with pay fixed by law.[1]

Election results

Question 2
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 71,550 55.48%
No57,41144.52%

Official results via: Wisconsin Blue Book 2011 - 2012

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

"Shall the Amendment to Section 1, of Article X, of the Constitution be adopted?"[2]

Constitutional changes

Section 1. The supervision of public instruct shall be vested in a state superintendent and such other officers as the legislature shall direct; and their qualifications, powers, duties and compensation shall be prescribed by law. The state superintendent shall be chosen by qualified electors of the state at the same time and in the same manner as members of the supreme court, and shall hold his office for four years from the succeeding first Monday in July. The state superintended chosen at the general election in November, 1902, shall hold and continue in his office until the first Monday in July, 1905 and his successor shall be chosen at the time of the judicial election in April, 1905. The term of office, time and manner of electing or appointing all other officers of supervision of public instruction shall be fixed by law.[2]

Path to the ballot

  • First Legislative Approval: SJR 21 & JR 16 (1899)
  • Second Legislative Approval: SJR 24 & JR 3 (1901)
  • Submission to the People: Ch.258 (1901)[1]

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